Welcome to Wildwater Canoeing

Wildwater Canoeing is a discipline of canoe racing, also known as Wildwater Racing and Whitewater Racing. The wildwater time trial is the purest of whitewater racing forms - the athlete, the river, the clock.

A racing performance is the result of physical conditioning, skill and harmony with the water - and is the only sport where social paddling is necessary to achieve a peak performance. Beautiful water, scenery and companionship make the Wild Water Racing experience compelling. The competitor is free to take whichever route on the river they desire, a freedom of racing unsurpassed in the whitewater world. 

Wildwater Canoeing is governed by the British Canoe Union, and managed through GB Canoeing.

Latest News

  • The Wild Water Racing Annual Consultative Meeting will take place on Saturday the 3rd October at approx. 7.00pm. The meeting will be held in the room at the side of the slalom course, at the National Water Sports Centre, Adbolton Ln, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham NG12 2LU. This will be straight after the evening race on the wild water course at Holme Pierrepont

    The purpose of the meeting is for individuals and club representatives to be able to  discuss, help develop and be involved in their sport.  After a great year where we have seen more participation and more people attend International events the Committee are  keen to hear as to how we can continue to improve our sport and competition for all levels of ability, from Wavehopper and Regional Competitions, right up to the highest level.

    We will be looking at how to improve participation and really grow our sport and always welcome new ideas and volunteers. If you have  any items or motions you wish to be submitted please send them to the secretary by 15th September.

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  • Well Done to our Junior and Under 23 team now returning from the World Championships in the USA at Bryson City, Nantahala.

    Some excellent team and individual results on excellent and challenging water. The team acquitted themselves well and were able to step up to the World Championship level needed. Lots of lessons learnt, extreme waters paddled and conquered and friendships made which I’m sure will endure 

    Many thanks to Chris Norbury and his team for being excellent hosts and running such a great event. Also to Nicky Cresser Tem GB manager and his helpers, assistants plus friends and families – without whom it wouldn’t have happened.

    Please find the Event Blog for Team GB on our Facebook page

    The next Wild Water events will be 

    • 12th September at Lee Valley as one of the introductory events in the lead up to the Canoe Slalom World Championships being hosted at the centre.
    • 27th September at the Nene Wild Water Centre – where you should see some of our top Junior World Championship athletes in action.
  • Lee Valley White Water Centre – Saturday 12th September 2015

    How do you fancy a day’s paddling at the Lee Valley White water Centre? In conjunction with the Rafting, WW Racing and Freestyle committees British Canoeing have opened up the Legacy loop for a day of multi activity paddling. Come and try a new paddle sport discipline or challenge yourself to do all three

    Session times are as below, some specialist equipment will be available but it is recommended that if you have your own equipment bring it along

    9.00 – 12.00  Rafting – the rafting team are going to put on a intro session for those new to rafting and a session for their current rafting teams in the morning

    12.00 – 15.00  WW Racing - introduction to White Water Racing , With emphasis on try something new in safe environment with coaches and experienced paddlers, but  we can offer timed runs at the end

    Some equipment provided.  We are trying to attract particularly people from the London clubs many of which may be experiencing their first time on the legacy course

  • The ICF Junior & U23 Wildwater World Championships begins on 2nd August and the team are already in Bryson City, North Carolina ahead of the competition (lucky them!). They've been on the water training in some pretty tough conditions, including a bizarre rainstorm - Ryan's paddling must have been on fire because steam was rising from the boat! ... We will be keeping you updated on the teams performance whilst in the USA, but in the meantime, please join us in wishing the team the very best of luck!! GO ON TEAM!

    The Latest from the camp... "Having arrived SaturdaySunday was spent getting over jet lag and fitting c1 out for Ryan Hunt GB champion u23 c1 paddler...Ryan jumped in the water and spent the morning doing classic and sprint runs...Sunday night was spent by Ryan doing a flat water training test in very hot humid temperatures... it was beautiful. Steam and mist rising off the lake and all you can hear are the birds, absolutely unreal. Big big thanks to Chris Hipgrave for meeting us so warmly on Sunday and to Chris Norbury for driving us round yesterday."

    Photo of Ryan Hunt running Nantahala Falls (thanks Chris Norbury/Julie Lewis for the high action shot!)

    More details on the event can be found at http://nantahala2015.com/ "

  • Having arrived Saturday Sunday was spent getting over jet lag and fitting out boats. Several Australians and Americans on the water and one from Luxembourg Monday were given a guided tour by the organiser Chris Norbury who drove us around showing us all the get one

    Then Ryan Hunt jumped in the water with the Aussies and spent the morning doing classic and sprint runs

    Early morning releases don't start until Wednesday and the river is incredibly busy with raft traffic

    Sunday night flat water training session on the lake at the bottom of the damn. In very hot humid temperatures it was beautiful. Steam and mist rising off the lake and all you can hear are the birds, absolutely unreal

    The Czechs arrived yesterday and are in the cabins next to us

    Big big thanks to Chris Hipgrave for meeting us so warmly on Sunday and to Chris Norbury for driving us round yesterday

    People arriving by the day 

  • British Canoeing Level 4 – Stop Press:

    British Canoeing are recruiting candidates for the Level 4 Coach Programme due to start May 2016/2017. Please get in touch with Fiona.fuller@britishcanoeing.org.uk for more information if you are interested.

  • The 2015/2016 Celendar is now up and available here. Please can organisers provide the race details to Julie Lewis so that we can fill out the full celendar in good time.

  • A Reminder that the Wavehopper Finals have been moved in date and location:


  • The Hamble River Raid was a great success with a number of craft taking to the water. Results can be found here

    hamble river raid 2015 me 1

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